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The Associated Press
AP Top Science News At 7:05 p.m. EST

Boeing, SpaceX will beat Russia on price for astronaut rides
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- NASA expects to save millions of dollars sending astronauts to the International Space Station, once its commercial crew program starts flying in a couple of years....

Millions of GMO insects could be released in Florida Keys
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KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) -- Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys if British researchers win approval to use the bugs against two extremely painful viral diseases....

Spain: Cervantes searchers find casket with his initials
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MADRID (AP) -- Experts searching for the remains of Miguel de Cervantes said Monday that they found wooden fragments of a casket bearing the initials "M.C." with bones in and around them in a crypt underneath the chapel of a cloistered convent in Madrid....





NASA spacecraft almost to Pluto: Smile for the camera!
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- It's showtime for Pluto....

County suspends home purchase program over lava concerns
HILO, Hawaii (AP) -- Uncertainty over a lava flow in a mostly agricultural region of Hawaii's Big Island has prompted officials to put a hold on a program that allows a county agency to buy homes near a geothermal power plant....

Art embraces science in new British play 'Oppenheimer'
LONDON (AP) -- Suddenly, science is sexy. With Benedict Cumberbatch nominated for multiple trophies as Alan Turing and Eddie Redmayne turning heads as Stephen Hawking, young British actors playing scientists are all the rage this awards season....

Medical pot only OK for sick kids failed by other drugs: MDs
CHICAGO (AP) -- With virtually no hard proof that medical marijuana benefits sick children, and evidence that it may harm developing brains, the drug should only be used for severely ill kids who have no other treatment option, the nation's most influential pediatricians group says in a new policy....

School: Sea otter conceived in wild is 1st born in captivity
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) -- A sea otter impregnated in the wild has given birth at the University of California, Santa Cruz, allowing researchers a rare look at a nursing mother....

Settlements reached in so-called 'hot fuel' litigation
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Twenty-eight oil companies and retailers have agreed to settle litigation claiming customers were knowingly overcharged when gas station fuel temperatures rose, plaintiffs announced Friday....

Montana oil spill estimate lowered to 30,000 gallons
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- Authorities have lowered their estimate of how much oil spilled from a broken pipeline beneath the Yellowstone River in eastern Montana, briefly contaminating the water supply of a city downstream....